Students who intend to take a gap year and know what they want to apply for at university can still apply to UCAS in this cycle but defer their entry for a year.
Pros and cons of a gap year:
|Feeling more refreshed for studies after a year out||Might find it difficult to settle back into study after a year out|
|Gaining valuable work experience||Independent study may be difficult after a year away from education|
|Opportunity to travel and experience other cultures||Can be expensive|
|Opportunity to gain new experiences||Experiences not always paid|
|Opportunity to earn some money||Friends going off to university|
|Gain new skills and develop existing ones||If not spent productively, a gap year can be a waste and not look good for future employment|
|Time to consider future career plans in more detail|
Gap year advice:
UCAS endorsed gap year site:
Numerous gap year opportunities and information:
England-based volunteering opportunities:
Ashby School recommends these websites but cannot be held responsible for their content.